Digital camera binoculars offer a unique combination of photography and distance viewing, making them an excellent gift or impressive gadget for your own use. Not only can you watch the game in the stadium, you can quickly snap a picture of the winning goal. That said, obviously there are some extra considerations in terms of camera features as well as everything you need for a useful set of binoculars. How can you choose a set that is both powerful and functional? Read on!
Digital camera binoculars are a revolutionary new technology for gadget-lovers. They combine a digital camera with your binoculars so you can share images of that rare bird or beautiful night sky with others.
By using these, you can keep a real record of that pivotal moment with wildlife or the winning goal at the hockey game. Bushnell offers an excellent selection in their Digital Cameras Line, including their Instant Replay Digital Binoculars with 8x magnification, and a “what you see is what you get” image.
Camera quality varies as well from model to model, with specifications usually between 1 and 4 megapixels. This variation comes out in better resolution and being able to print larger photos.
In terms of binocular manufacturers offering digital camera binoculars, there are three major brands from which to choose: Barska, Bushnell, and Celestron. Barska offers their 8x32mm Point N View 5.0 Mega Pixel Digital Camera Binoculars that features a flip-up viewing screen to review the images that have been recorded, and an SD card slot to expand the memory of the camera beyond its internal memory. They also offer a smaller 8x22mm Point N View model, as well as a 10x25mm VGA Binocam model, both of which lack either the flip-up screen or the SD card slot.
Bushnell includes five digital camera binocular models in their product line-up, making them the company with the largest selection of these products. Their Imageview line consists of four models: an 8x 30mm 2.1 megapixel model, an 8x30mm 3.0 megapixel model with a flip-up LCD screen, a 10x25mm model, and a10x 25mm model with an inset LCD screen. All Imageview models offer video as well as still image recording, and an SD card expansion slot. All Imageview models also incorporate an 8x magnification digital camera, including the 10x binocular models. In their Instant Replay line, Bushnell offers a single model—the Instant Replay 8x30mm. With a 5.0 megapixel resolution, SD card expansion slot, and Bushnell’s trademark SyncFocus™ system, this digital camera binocular is not only at the top of Bushnell’s product offerings in the category, it may very well be at the top of the category of digital camera binoculars across the market.
Celestron offers three models of digital camera binoculars: the VistaPix 8x22mm model, VistaPix 8x32mm 2.0 megapixel model, and the VistaPix 8x32mm 3.0 megapixel model. While the 8x22mm model is fairly basic, both 8x32mm models offer video, still image recording capability, and SD card expansion slots. The 3.0 megapixel model also offers a flip-up LCD viewing screen to enable users to review images and videos recorded by the camera. All offer an 8x magnification camera to match the 8x magnification of the binoculars.
You may choose the higher end here if you intend to print large prints, whereas photos meant for your album will be clear even with few megapixels. For example, to print a high quality 300ppi, 5” by 7” photo, such as you might submit to a magazine contest, you’ll want your camera to be at least 3 megapixels. That said, you can print a decent 5” by 7” photo for your album with only 1 megapixel.
Here are some things to consider when looking for a pair of digital camera binoculars
These are often included allowing you to quickly and clearly see the image as the picture is taken. These sets make moving digital pictures from the camera to your computer or printer a snap. The result is great shots that are easily ready for printing, email, or your website.
Typically are available from about 7x to 10x. This range is good for regular use, although long-distance viewing such as stargazing can benefit from greater magnification.
OBJECTIVE LENS SIZE:
Digital camera binoculars runs the gamut up to about 42mm and even 50mm. As with any binoculars, the larger the lens, the better the set will work in lower light situations such as dawn, dusk, and in darker environments like concert halls and heavily wooded forests.
There are even specialty sets for night-time viewing, whether you’re scouting at night, stargazing, or keeping an eye on the neighbors. Bushnell offers extra wide lenses perfect for when you need a large field of view (FOV) – for example, at the horse races or while watching football. The FOV in their wide angle lens is double the size offered by their classic sets, and is even available in a compact set.
Some digital camera binoculars offer the option to record video. When you are looking to record video, be sure to check this option carefully and ask about video editing.
Often you will find software is included so you can transfer the video to your computer and edit as needed – that way you can start shooting when they start calling students with “S” names, and cut as necessary later to only include your little Smith receiving his kindergarten diploma.
Using digital camera binoculars you can catch the winning moment in your favorite car race or golf game – simply point, shoot, and edit later to share the tour-winning shot with your friends.
Added storage is often available when you may be recording quite a bit of video or many photos. Typically about 16MB of onboard storage is included within the binoculars themselves, and the number of photos this will cover will depend on the set.
For example, taking decent photos on a 3 megapixel camera with this amount of memory may allow only about 23 to be stored. If you regularly move your photos to your computer and get rid of bad shots, this may be enough for you. However, it can be great to have a couple memory cards on hand, and they are fairly inexpensive.
If you are a serious photographer it is worth it to grab a few cards; just be sure you take a close look at which kind your camera needs.
Not only is it absolutely necessary to use a Secure Digital (SD) card if required by your binoculars, you will get the best value by choosing a memory card size that will suit your needs. Again, actual results will vary depending on the camera and card, although Lexar offers an excellentcapacity chart for memory sizes and photo storage.
OTHER DIGITAL CAMERA FEATURES:
Although the nature of combining both a camera and binoculars may sacrifice a few of the highest-level features of both, there are specialized sets that will cover your needs.
Some digital camera binoculars feature a keypad for controlling extra camera features, so it can be worth taking the time to check out this keypad. You’ll want one that isn’t too tiny or frustrating to manipulate.
Other sets offer auto focus, allowing you to simply put the binoculars to your eyes and instantly see a crisp, clear image, without adjusting. Take the time to choose the best features for your life, and you will be making an excellent investment for years to come.
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